Public Health Issue of Falls in Older and Disabled Adults

Public Health Issue of Falls in Older and Disabled Adults

January 26, 2016 10 am – 11:30 am MT

Every 14 seconds, an older adult is seen in an Emergency Department (ED) for a fall injury. In 2010, over 2.4 million older Americans were treated in ED for nonfatal injuries from falls, and more than 772,000 were hospitalized. Falls are the leading cause of traumatic brain injury, and various disabilities can increase the risk of falling. Additionally, falls are expensive–our nation spends $36 billion a year treating older adults who have fallen. Research has shown that many falls are preventable.

This webinar will focus on the impact of falls in our country, the major falls risk factors, and evidence-based strategies to reduce falls. We will also review the new National Falls Prevention Action Plan’s goals and action steps and discover how you and your organization can contribute to reducing falls in the older adult and adults with disabilities populations.

  • Understand the impact of falls

  • Identify fall risk factors

  • Describe what works to prevent falls, including evidence-based falls prevention programs

  • Explore the role of the National Falls Prevention Resource Center in addressing falls in the older adult and adults with disabilities populations

  • Review the National Falls Prevention Action Plan and how you and your organization can contribute to reducing falls

Kathleen Cameron has 25 years of experience in the health care field as a pharmacist, researcher and program director focusing on falls prevention, geriatric pharmacotherapy, mental health, long-term services, and caregiving. Ms. Cameron oversees the AoA-funded National Falls Prevention Resource Center at NCOA. She previously held positions at JBS International and American Society of Consultant Pharmacists. Ms. Cameron received her BS degree in pharmacy from the University of Connecticut and her MPH from Yale University.

Ellen Schneider is a consultant with the AoA-funded National Falls Prevention Resource Center at NCOA and is a research scientist with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has worked extensively with State Health Departments, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the aging services network to build infrastructure and implement falls prevention policy, programming, and systems change. She also co-leads North Carolina’s Falls Prevention Coalition. Ms. Schneider received her BS and MBA from the Pennsylvania State University.

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Tuesday, January 26, 2016 - 10:00am